Excellence is a 26 year old expression from Glenfiddich, aged exclusively in ex-bourbon casks sourced from the Kelvin Cooperage in Kentucky, which, like Glenfiddich, is independently owned by a Scottish family. Their first ongoing bourbon cask release, this is a fruit bomb of a whisky, with well-controlled spice from the long, American oak maturation,
Nose: Very fruit driven nose. Green fruits with touches of passion fruit backed up with very well judged vanilla. There are floral overtones – Jasmine?
Palate: Soft and plush on the palate. Liquorice, vanilla, toffee with cooked spices –nutmeg and cinnamon. Soft old leather and charred pineapple.
Finish: Medium to long. Pleasing warmth with some spice from the tannins.